Funding for Social and Behavioral Science Research

The Consortium of Social Science Associations has just released a series of fact sheets describing state-by-state funding for social and behavioral science research. COSSA states:

These fact sheets are intended to illustrate the economic impact of federal investment in social and behavioral science research, including as a driver for innovation at universities across the country. While federal investment in social science research is significant ($921 million), it pales in comparison to the total amount of annual federal funding for all of science and engineering ($40.1 billion).

In Virginia, colleges and universities received a total of $84 million in FY12 federal dollars to support social and behavioral science research. Virginia Commonwealth University, along with the University of Virginia, led the pack in receiving $20 million.

See COSSA’s list of Federal Agencies Supporting Social and Behavioral Science Research for more information.

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Coordinator for Research Development Services, VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

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